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SICKNESS, when sanctified, teaches us four things : the vanity of the world, the vileness of sin, the helplessness of man, and the preciousness of Christ.

CONTENTMENT AND GRATITUDE. I have somewhat of the best things; I will thankfully enjoy them, and will want the rest with contentment.--Bishop Hall.

good name” says Shakespeare riches not himself, but makes me poor indeed.” As nothing, therefore, degrades human nature more than detraction, nothing more disgraces conversation. The detractor, as he is the lowest moral character, reflects greater dishonour on his company than the hangman; and he whose disposition is a scandal to his species, should be more diligently avoided than his who is scandalous only by his office.-Rambler.

FROM many circumstances it appears that the atoms even of the most solid bodies, are not in actual contact with each other, but are retained in their respective places by a balance between attraction and repulsion. Thus, a solid body dilates or contracts, according as heat is added to, or taken away from it. A rod of iron becomes shorter or longer according as a weight is lodged upon its end, or is suspended from it: the rud in both cases, returning to its former length as soon as the weight is removed. Tin and copper melted together to form bronze, occupy less space by one fifthteenth than they do when separate : proving that the atoms of one, are partially received into what were vacant spaces in the other. And so also a hundred pints of air may be compressed into a pint vossel, as in the chamber of an air gun; and if the pressure be still increased, the atoms of air at last collapse and form an oily liquid. The heat which was contained in the air, and gave it its form, is forced out in the operation, and becomes perceptible in everything around.

I cannot but regard it, both as the interest and duty of persons of taste, and sentiment, and knowledge, to take every opportunity of discountenancing a species of fashionable amusement, that of card playing: which is only adapted to the propagation and perpetuation of ignorance; which occasions a shameful waste of that time which might be more beneficially as well as agreeably employed; which is equally useless both to the body and to the mind; and which is best calculated to please those persons of both sexes, who are most devoid of genius, and the most insignificant and frivolous. History of Philip Waldegrave, Vol. 1, pp 32, 33.

THE great Albatross, with wings extending fourteen feet or more, is seen in the stormy solitude of the southern ocean, accompanying ships for whole days without ever resting on the waves.

SLAVE AUCTON-SCENE IN AMERICA. In the winters of 1840 and 1841, having business in Western Virgina, where this particular institution flourishes in its mildest form, (be it remembered, I was at this time opposed to anti-slavery principles,) December 28th, I found myself at Martinsburg, the county seat of Berkley. About ten of the aforesaid day I observed a crowd congregated in the public square, in frout of a superior looking building, which had very much the appearance of a jail, as it proved to be.

On enquiring of my landlord the cause of the meeting, he said it was “ a hiring" in other words, a Negro sale, as I afterwards found that a number were hired for life. I walked down to the market; and, to obtain a better view, I mounted a large waggon in the street, directly opposite to the stand of the auctioneer, who had commenced his work. He was a large man, dressed in aristocratic style with a profusion of ruffles, gold fingerrings, watch seals, and last, and not least a large whip, called by the the drivers a

A man ought never to be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong; which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser to day than he was yesterday.

SWIFT.

DETRACTION is among those vices which the most languid virtue has sufficient force to present, because by detraction that is not gained which is taken away.

“ He who filches from me my

“ loaded whip.” The hiring under- ceeded with the sale. She was sold for stood to be a number of slaves of a cer- one hundred and fifty dollars. tain estate, who were hired out, from THE next case was that of a young year to year, to the highest bidder, for white women, sixteen years old, with a the benefit of the heirs. These sales young child. I say white woman, betake place between Christmas and new cause the auctioneer said she was only year, (the holidays,) quite a recreation one-eighth black; and I have seen many for the slaves who are to change masters. of the women of Ohio who could not

After a number had been disposed of boast of as fair complexion, or as good in this way, the crier announced that he figure or features. She came upon the would offer for sale six slaves. He then stand with her infant in her arms, in the put up two, father and son. The old

deepest misery. A gentleman, who had man was near sixty years of age, a crip- taken his seat beside me, observing that ple; the son was about twenty-three, a I was much interested, remarked, he perfect specimen of man.

There were

thought I was a stranger in that country. two Georgian soul-drivers, who bid eight I answered that I was.

“ These things hundred dollars for both. When the look odd to you."

“They do." Said crier remarked it was a small bid for both he, “ You see that man in the crowd," the Georgian replied, he would give eight pointing to one within a few paces of hundred without the old man, as he was the stand : " that is Dr. C

He of no account. The young man gave the hired that girl last year, and that child bidder a look that could not be well is his !" The Georgian bid 300 dollars ; mistaken: the old man wept bitterly. some one bid 400; the Georgian bid The son sold on the bid ; and the father 450; the girl cast a piercing glance at was sold for sixty dollars to an old far- the crowd; her eye rested on Dr. Cmer, who had never kept a slave in his who instantly averted his face. She life. Thus the father and son were separ- gazed one moment, then burst into a torated. The next case was that of a girl, rent of tears. She was knocked off to fifteen years of age. (These slaves had the Georgian. Thus the fiend saw his been hired out to different individuals child and its mother sold into southern the past year.) She was brought crying bondage. oh horror! thought I, is it upon the stand. With an oath he bid her possible? I was cured of my pro-slavery to stop her“ blubbering,” and then pro- principles.-Cincinatti Herald.

MONTHLY NOTICES.

APRIL.

5th.-Dividends on several species of Stock become due.

Assessed Tax Returns made soon after this, by which persons rate themselves for articles, liable, kept or used by them between 5th of April, 1846, and this day.

7th.-Isle of Ely Quarter Sessions, at Ely.

8th.--Insurances, due at Lady-day, must be paid on or before this day. 21st.—Bedford Level Corporation Meeting, at Ely.

The Hundred-feet Wash Tax is laid on the second Wednes. day in April, (or at an adjournment) payable one month afterwards, and one month more allowed for payment.

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Cxplanation.

N deciphering this page, let it first be read through in continuous lines, without regard to the spaces, the points, or the
figures of the crosses. The first line will thus be, “My God! My God! in rivers of my tears. The fifth line will be
“Let not my God! my God! my faults, tho' great. The eighth line will be “Thou, Lord, rememberest thine if thou be

sought.” &c. Then let the crosses be read from top to bottom, and they will give the words of our Lord, and of the two
thieves, respectively. The letters I. N. R. I. at the top of the centre cross, are the initials of the Latin words Jesus NAZARENUS Rex
JUDÆORUM. Jesus of Nazareth the King of the Jews.

SONAX; printed and published by WILLIAM PLAYPORD, for the Boban Magazine," May !, 1847

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hood, causes it, too frequently, at last to be W:WWW believed : and it is by these means that some of the worst impostures of this crafty and ambitious system have been palmed upon the world. The very prevalent opinion that the Church of England originated in a separation from the Church of Rome, is an error which the most moderate acquaintance with ecclesiastical history would serve to correct. For though the notices of such matters in ancient writers, are not very frequent or copious, yet they are fully sufficient to show that the christianity of England was derived from a far purer source.

Add to which, when the whole christian community of a kingdom throws off, with one irresistible effort, the rule of an Italian Bishop, against which it has protested in every age, it is the greatest possible abuse of terms to call it a separation, as if the Church had never had a previous and independent existence. If in the first ages of Christianity we held communion with the churches of the East, how can this connect us, in any way, with Popery, which is only a gross corruption of Christianity altogether? For " where is the fair daughter of heaven, who, appearing in the hired lodging of Saul of Tarsus, and making her way into Cæsar's household, shone so long No. 5. Vol. 1.

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